Sandi Pedersen

Make your own ice cream

Beat the heat with homemade ice cream the kids can help make. Yummy!

Kid Culture | Tween Books

MIRACLE WIMP, by Erik P. Kraft, Little, Brown Young readers, paperback $7.99; ages 12 and up. Tom Mayo, otherwise known as Miracle...

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Four books not to miss this month.

These books offer great escapes from routine

We are back in the groove. School, homework, reading assignments, soccer practice, gymnastics, piano lessons, go to bed early, get up early-we've only been in school one month and it feels like summer was a million years ago. And I'm the mom; I'm not even the one going to school.

Looking for fun? Check out these books

My kids and I were in the car and one of our favorite songs came on the radio, Sheryl Crow’s "All I Wanna Do." We were smiling at each other and singing very loudly when it hit me: That is what this column is all about. All of these books are fun. That’s it. Fun.

Shop ’til you warm up. Minneapolis, Minn.

Kati,” I say, “how about a weekend in Minnesota, just the two of us?” Kati, my 14-year-old, just shrugs. “C’mon Kati, we’ll stay in a hotel, eat out, it’ll be fun.” No response. I pull out my trump card. “We can go to the Mall of America.” “OK,” she says. “Let’s go.”

Say beautiful 850 times and you’re there, Oahu and Maui, Hawaii

Kylie,” I call, “we need to start writing our article about Hawaii. Have you been thinking about it?” She answers, “How many words does it have to be?” (I’m proud. She’s learning writer’s lingo.) “About 850 words,” I say. “That’s easy,” she says, “just type the word beautiful 850 times.”

From Universal to Disney and everything in between

Orlando, Fla. by Sandi Pedersen "Sofie, are you having a fun vacation?" "I'm having billions of fun," she said....

Miles of fun in the Mile High City

A weekend in Denver sounded intriguing, but I had no idea it would be so much fun.

St. Petersburg isn’t just for old folks anymore

My family and I have been to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa in Florida but
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